Monthly Archives: June 2004

Frankie Yvonne Sparkman Sullivan

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Frankie Yvonne Sparkman Sullivan, 50, of Sparta, passed away June 8, 2004.
Sullivan was born March 20, 1954, in Knoxville, to Frank Martin Spartkman and Estean Sparkman.
She had been a housewife.
Sullivan was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, A.C. Sullivan, of Sparta; one daughter, Julie Catherine McDonald Helmick, of Sparta; one son, Martin McDonald, of Doyle; mother, Estean Sparkman, of Knoxville; two brothers, Butch Shuburt, of Knoxville, and Scott Sparkman, of Sparta; one sister, Mary Beth Strianese, of Sparta; stepmother, Betty Sparkman, of Sparta; three stepchildren, Kynedee Saige McDonald, Allan Smith, Damon Scott and Paige Scott.
Services will be 3 p.m., June … Read More


Eva Claudine Price Guilbault

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eva Claudine Price Guilbault, 50, of Rochester Hills, Mich., passed away May 6, 2004.
Guilbault was born Feb. 6, 1954, in White County, to Thurman and Charlene Price.
Guilbault was retired from Ford Motor Company and had been active in the Corvette Club and worked with the leader dog program and presented dogs to the blind.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William Earl Wilson, Mattie Wheeler, Buck and Flossie Price.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Guilbault, of Michigan; parents, Thurman and Sarah Price, of Sparta, and Charlene and Jim Markum, of Madison; two brothers, Thomas T. Price, of Sparta, Jeff Price and his wife Carrie, … Read More


Protesters rally to support military,

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

problems resolved with mediation
Kim Swindell Wood
As a crowd gathered Thursday to honor Sparta’s National Guard troops who will soon be fighting in Iraq, another conflict was brewing less than one mile from the ceremony.
According to informed sources, one or more employees at the Raceway Convenience Store on Bockman Way had allegedly refused service to two of Sparta’s National Guard members, while they were in uniform. On another separate occasion had asked a guardsman’s wife to leave the premises after finding out her husband was a member of the military. The manager and employees involved are all of Indian descent.
The ceremony at Sparta Amphitheater to … Read More


Daniel Hunter Richards

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Daniel Hunter Richards, 78, of Indiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 2, 2004.
Richards was born Oct. 5, 1925, in White County, to Frank Argo Richards and Pauline Hunter Richards.
He was a veteran of World War II where he served in submarines in the North Atlantic. After the war, he became a businessman and farmer then reentered the U.S. Navy in 1956 and retired in 1973 with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Fannie Laura Richards.
Survivors include his wife, Jona Richards; of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; their two children, Jon Richards, of Madison, Ind., Linda … Read More


Lonnie Earl Colwell Jr.

Posted on June 7, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lonnie Earl Colwell Jr., 39, of Cookeville, passed away June 6, 2004.
Colwell was a factory worker.
Survivors include son, Lonnie Earl Colwell III, of Cookeville; mother, Linda Jones, of Sparta; father, Lonnie Earl Colwell Sr., of Lebanon; grandmother, Virgie Colwell, of Lawrenceburg; one brother, Rodney Jones, of Sparta; three sisters, Christie Tindle, Vickie Sherrell, both of Sparta, and Wendy Casselberry, of Smithville.
Services will be at 2 p.m., June 9, 2004, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial in Cannady Cemetery. Bro. Gerald England will officiate.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of arrangments.


James Drew Freeman Sr.

Posted on June 7, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Drew Freeman Sr., 79, of Sparta, passed away June 3, 2004.
Freeman was born July 13, 1924, in Jonesboro, Ga.
Freeman served in the US Navy during World War II.
He was retired from Thomas Industries.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Groomis, Francis Hunter and one brother, Jesse Bryan Freeman Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Zella Wise Freeman; three children, Josie Dunbar Freeman, James Drew Freeman Jr., Nell Freeman Russell; two grandchildren, Erin Russell, William Russell; and two sisters, Marion Goines and Virginia Godfrey.
Services were at 2 p.m., June 6, 2004, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. … Read More


Eva Claudine Price Guilbault

Posted on June 7, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eva Claudine Price Guilbault, 50, of Rochester Hills, Mich., passed away May 6, 2004.
Guilbault was born Feb. 6, 1954, in White County, to Thurman and Charlene Price.
Guilbault was retired from Ford Motor Company and had been active in the Corvette Club and worked with the leader dog program and presented dogs to the blind.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William Earl Wilson, Mattie Wheeler, Buck and Flossie Price.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Guilbault, of Michigan; parents, Thurman and Sarah Price, of Sparta, and Charlene and Jim Markum, of Madison; two brothers, Thomas T. Price, of Sparta, Jeff Price and his wife Carrie, … Read More


Delia Belle Abston

Posted on June 7, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Delia Belle Abston, 92, of Sparta, passed away June 4, 2004.
Abston was born Sept. 11, 1911, in Putnam County, to Rufus Smith and Mary Burnett Smith.
She was a homemaker.
Abston was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl Abston; one sister, Dora Smith; and five brothers, Jim Smith, John Smith, Walter Smith, Dalton Smith and Willie Smith.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Donald Gentry, of Sparta; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Judy Abston, of Higginsport, Ohio, Ronnie and Gail Abston, of Chattanooga, Jerry and Sarah Abston, of Cookeville; seven grandchildren, Chris Abston, Jerry Dale Abston, Scot Abston, Wayne Abston, Jeff Gentry, … Read More


Fifty-one runners compete in YMCA 5K

Posted on June 4, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Breaking the tape. Andrew Ledbetter of Rickman was the first to break the tape at the second annual YMCA 5K.
Ledbetter set a new course record coming in with a time of 20:21.


Shopping center may open Sept. 1

Posted on June 4, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In almost the blink of an eye, the walls have gone up, and White Countians will soon have a new shopping center, which will be conveniently located near Wal-Mart.
Frank Callaway, of Atlanta, is the developer of Taft Church Station Shopping Center. The straight line of stores will face the Wal-Mart parking lot, which makes the configuration more commonly known as a “strip mall.”
Callaway had hoped to break ground for the project in March 2004 and have the stores ready for tenants by May or June. However, weather delays hindered the construction. Callaway said he is pleased with the progress, which has been successfully … Read More


Banjos, mandolins and fiddles, oh my!

Posted on June 4, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County is well-known for its bluegrass heritage, which makes it the perfect location for the Spring Bluegrass Festival, June 11-21, 2004, featuring legendary performers whose music tops the charts.
Golden Mountain Raceway and Park has seen numerous changes over the past several years, but the new owners hope to make the facility a place where families can enjoy “good, clean entertainment.” Their immediate response was to sponsor a bluegrass extravaganza.
James Hall and Charles Fish both love bluegrass music and have been actively seeking a way to bring the stars to the Upper Cumberland.
Fish began contacting bluegrass groups individually in October 2003, and … Read More


Remembering those who served

Posted on June 4, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Many looked forward to the dedication of the long-awaited WW II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and some were fortunate enough to make the trip to see the event, held over Memorial Day weekend.
More than 140,000 people, including thousands of veterans, attended the WWII memorial dedication. The memorial honors the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II, the millions who helped the war effort at home and the 405,399 men and women killed in the fight against Germany, Italy and Japan. Of those 140,000 people, at least four came from White County.
Karen Benningfield, her husband, Doug, her mother, and … Read More


Minnie Helen Mooneyham Brock

Posted on June 3, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Minnie Helen Mooneyham Brock, 63, of Sparta, passed away June 1, 2004.
Brock was born July 12, 1940, in White County, to Jesse Clay Mooneyham and Flora Elene Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Ted Mooneyham and Clayton Mooneyham.
Survivors include her husband, Sammy L. Brock, of Sparta; three children, Sammy Mason Brock and wife Donna, of Sparta, Sandra Brock Brown and husband, David, of Doyle, Bobby Dale Brock and wife Penny, of Sparta; brothers and sisters, Alma Burgess, of Crossville, Lucille Boyd, of McMinnville, Wanda Phifer, of Cookeville, Jesse Rambo, of McMinnville, Cynthia Cantrell, of Sparta, Phillip Mooneyham, Wendell Mooneyham, both … Read More


Paul Edward Johnson

Posted on June 3, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Paul Edward Johnson, 38, of Sparta, passed away May 31, 2004.
Johnson was born Oct. 3, 1965, in White County to Melvin Lee “Buddy” Johnson and Mabel Irene Rutherford Johnson.
He had been a carpenter.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sally Annell Johnson Lance, and two brothers, Kenneth Lee Johnson and Thomas Morgan Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Edmonds Johnson; one daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Joe Marshall; two sons, Matthew Henry, Michael Henry; two grandchildren, Dakota Marshall, Dalton Marshall, all of Sparta; mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Edmonds; one sister, Martha Denton, eight brothers, Roger Johnson, Richard Johnson, Darryl … Read More


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